Briefly, Sept. 7

TRIAD to meet Monday

FOSTORIA — TRIAD is to meet at 9 a.m. Monday at Fostoria Senior Center, 125 W. North St.

Members are to discuss future meetings and speakers, according to a release.

For information or to suggest a specific topic covered, contact Officer Adam Nelson of Fostoria Police Department at (419) 435-8573.

Meeting Tuesday to focus

on wind turbines

Wind turbines in Seneca County are to be the focus of fall meeting of the League of Women Voters of the Tiffin Area at 6 p.m. Tuesday at First Lutheran Church, 300 Melmore St.

“There has been a lot interest in the surrounding townships on this issue; however, Tiffin residents are not that familiar with the project, therefore the League believes it is important to have this timely and hotly contested issue discussion located in Tiffin,” said Gene Chintula, league president and moderator for the meeting.

As of this publication, wind corporations Apex and sPower have declined to participate. Greg Smith from Seneca Anti-Wind Union has agreed to present information. People attending the event are to have the opportunity to submit written questions. A league screening committee is to eliminate duplicated and improper questions. The moderator is to ask the questions.

Series to offer support for divorced, separated people

FOSTORIA — New Life Journey: Divorced/Separated Support Program is a DivorceCare Inc. program designed to offer peer support and recovery education to divorced and separated people.

The 14-week video series is to begin Sunday. The program is to be offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. St. Wendelin Parish’s Upper Room, 323 N. Wood St.

Some of the topics include facing anger, depression, loneliness, financial survival, caring for kids, forgiveness and moving on. The ecumenical program is open to anyone regardless of faith denomination.

The cost is $20 for materials, with financial assistance available. Register at the door or contact Bonnie Valenti at (419) 937-1015, Lindsay Boulboulle at (419) 435-1137 or Keith Koehler at (419) 294-4070.

Woman sentenced to 31 months in prison

A woman admitted she violated the terms of her community control.

Hannah M. Bicknell, 25, admitted the violation during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

She also entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of trafficking in heroin, a fifth-degree felony, court records state.

Shuff revoked her community control and sentenced her to 31 months in prison, with credit for days served, court records state.

Bicknell must pay fines totaling $170.

She had been convicted of trafficking in heroin, trafficking in cocaine and possessing criminal tools, all fifth-degree felonies, and was sentenced to three years of community control in 2016, court records state.

Shuff found she violated the terms of her community control and her supervision was continued in August 2017, with additional sanctions and conditions.

Man admits drug crimes

A Tiffin man pleaded guilty to drug charges during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Steven R. Lewis, 27, entered written pleas of guilty to charges of trafficking in heroin, a fourth-degree felony, and possession of heroin, a fifth-degree felony.

Kelbley sentenced him to 17 months in prison, with credit for days served, and ordered him to pay a $200 fine, court records state.

Man pleads guilty

A Fremont man pleaded guilty to a charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Michael Kelbley’s courtroom.

Ricky L. Goatee Jr., 43, had been indicted on a charge of violating a civil protection order, a fifth-degree felony.

He entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a lesser-included offense of violating a protection order, a first-degree misdemeanor, court records state.

Kelbley sentenced him to 180 days in Seneca County Jail, with credit for three days served, and suspended the remainder of the sentence.

He also sentenced Goatee to two years of community control.

Man pleads guilty

A man pleaded guilty to a charge during a hearing in Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff’s courtroom.

Clayton J. Sullivan II, 33, entered a written negotiated plea of guilty to a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle, a fifth-degree felony.

The case was referred for a pre-sentence investigation report, court records state.

Rachel Crooks signs pledge

Rachel Crooks, Democratic candidate for the District 88 seat in the Ohio House of Representatives, signed the American Promise 28th Amendment Pledge at a recent Sandusky County Democratic meeting.

Crooks is to face incumbent Bill Reineke, R-Tiffin, in the November general election. District 88 includes all of Sandusky County and a majority of Seneca County.

The American Promise Candidate Pledge is a volunteer-led effort to get candidates and elected officials at all levels of government to pledge on the record that they will use their office to advance the 28th Amendment.

Crooks’ campaign has received an average donation of $39 from about 2,000 donors, according to a release, which states Reineke has an average donation of $1,276, mostly from individuals and corporate PACs. Reineke, an owner of Reineke Family Dealerships, has received the largest contributions, totaling more than $18,000 this year, from the Ohio Auto Dealers Association.

The release states Reineke received more than $12,000 in campaign donations from Bill Lager, the founder of the now-defunct Electronic Classroom of Tomorrow. Of all ECOT-linked donations, 92 percent went to Republicans, many of whom have since donated such funds to charitable organizations amidst the scandal. Reineke has remained silent on this issue.

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office awarded traffic safety grants

Hancock County Sheriff’s Office has been awarded $36,234.50 in federal traffic safety funding by the Ohio Traffic Safety Office for 2019, according to a release.

The release states the funds are passed through OTSO from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to support the efforts of safety partners statewide and to focus on traffic safety priority areas such as restrain use, impaired and distracted driving, motorcycle safety and youthful drivers.

For more information about the national efforts to improve traffic safety, visit